Thursday’s Reading ended with these two paragraphs ~
“Did Rebekah fully realize God’s plan for her? Was she open to following that plan? Or was she entranced with the romantic notions of a young girl looking for her knight in shining armor? Whatever her motivation, the events were planned by God, and He was able and willing to faithfully continue to fulfill His promises through her.
God’s faithfulness, despite our waywardness and contrariness, is evident both throughout Scripture and throughout our lives. He will be faithful; He promises!”
No matter how badly we mess up His best laid plans for our lives, God can and will clean up that mess for us and turn it into our message for others.
Promises in Scripture ~
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” Deuteronomy 7:9
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]” Psalm 145:13
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
I would suggest that we all write these verses down in our prayer journals and use them as a reminder of how faithful our God is to those who love Him and keep His commandments.
Friday’s lesson asked us to REFLECT on Genesis 27, if you did not do this Friday you can still do it today, and then it was suggested that we PRAISE GOD “Because unlike Isaac, who only had one blessing to give His children, God has blessings uniquely designed for each of us.”
Doesn’t that give you a great reason to praise God. He is not limited to the ways and the means of blessing His children, and each blessing is exactly right for who we are!!!
And let’s not forget to OFFER THANKS “That God doesn’t wait until we are perfect to involve us in His plans.”
We also need to CONFESS “Any tendency to try to control the future rather than trusting God to shape it according to His timetable.
It is important in our own daily lives to ASK GOD “To protect you from playing favorites with your own children and to trust that He has a generous plan for each one.”
Now on Friday I told you all that I was going to be sharing the suggested project that I found in that day’s reading, AND that you were going to be excited about it. Get ready to be excited because HERE IT IS….
“Take a few minutes this week to write a blessing card for each of your children. Use a simple index card or decorate the card with stickers, stencils, or line drawings. (If you don’t have children of your own, you can do this for a niece or nephew, or another special child in your life).
Start by praying for each child, asking God’s blessings on their life. Then write out the blessings you sense God wants for them. Tuck the blessings under their pillows or place them next to their dinner plates. Tell them that these are some of the ways that you are asking God to bless them. Be sure to keep a copy of each card for yourself so you can make those blessings a subject of frequent prayer.”
Now I am going to be spending my Sunday afternoon putting together 7 prayer cards…one each for my two adult children, my daughter’s husband and each one of my grandchildren. I will be sharing them with each one of them over the next week or so, and will be using the cards to shine God’s light into each of their lives. If you are going to take on this project too…please let me know so that I can pray for you as you prepare these cards for your children and I ask that you, please, say a prayer for me as I prepare mine and for God to prepare the hearts of my recipients.
I loved the prayer at the end of Friday’s reading and share it with each of you here…
Lord, give us the power to bless our children, through our example, our teaching, our love, and our prayers. May our children surpass us in faith. In all their struggles may they sense your nearness, and may their joy be renewed each morning. May each of them become the type of person who attracts others to You. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.